Archive | July 2009

July – Done!

That’s it.  Another month is over.  Or will be in 12 hours anyway.  So how’s this month been?  I’m a year older, which actually wasn’t bad.  I feel like I’ve not done much writing, but looking at my word count I really have.  I’ve not done any of my course though.  That’s bad.  I need to work on that.

I was about to do a round up of my goals for July, but I can’t possibly do that until the month has actually finished.  I may get an idea in my head and write a few thousand words this afternoon (I know, more unlikely than man landing on Mars this year!).

I spend some time last night starting to write ideas for ‘Holiday’ on cards.  I decided I need to get the ideas straight in my head for it, as I’ve got so many pieces of paper and word documents with ideas – I need them all in the same place.  I thought I’d use a card per idea, then when it’s all out, it will be easy to take a bit out, see what’s missing etc.  I’m going to have a story board above my bed.  I would love an office I could do it in there, but until I win the lottery or get a MASSIVE pay rise/new job I’ll have to stick with my room.  *sigh*

I finished that excerpt of the new Adele Parks novel, guess what?  I want to read the whole thing.  There’s not a burning desire, but a spark of desire that’s strong enough to make me £7 worse off in the next month or two.

I was looking for  a new book to start last night – not an easy job when half my seven foot bookcase is filled with unread books.  I stumbled on a Lee Child novel ‘Bad luck and trouble’ which sounds interesting.  Not my usual chick lit genre, but hopefully the kind of thriller that will make me question why I don’t read them more.  I’m a massive John Grisham fan and have a stack of his books I have to read (luckily my step mum is too and hands them down to me!) but until recently I’ve never read anything like this.  I’m glad I started.  So, I’ll start reading this novel and let you know how I get on.  I’ve heard very good things about him so am really looking forward to it.

I am determined to do a blog this weekend.  Determined to.  It will be Sunday as I’m really busy on Saturday, but I really want to get in the habit of writing A. during weekends and B. at home not just work.  Let’s see how I get on…

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July nearly over – how did that happen?

I’m going to have to do quite a quick blog here as I am dying to work on ‘Holiday’.  After lunch I thought I’d do a little work on the scene I started last week, but before I even started it I got annoyed that I don’t have a name for the main character.  I decided I HAVE to find it today and while I’m there, names for everyone else.  So I found a random name generatorand wrote down all the ones I like with which potential character each could be.  I’ve got a few, but still not the main character.  It’s driving me mad.  The names I like are either from other stories of mine, or I just don’t think they suit the character.  Not that I really know what she looks like, but I think I’ll KNOW her name when I find it.  I hope.  Like naming a baby, I think when I find the right one I’ll know.  I wonder if that’s Naive?  I KNEW the male name was right.  So I hope I will with the female one when I find it.

Last night I was talking about being able to write novels without a day job.  I realise today I was thinking about it in the wrong way.  We were talking (hypothetically) about if my boyfriend got really good pay rise and we stayed together I could give up work and write novels.  Although that is an amazing idea, I really should do some positive thinking and think about it in terms of when I am being paid by a publisher to write novels for a living.  Wouldn’t that be nice.  I’m sure I’ve got enough ideas floating in my head to do it 😉

Guess I should write a little about the of this blog title too.  July is nearly over – how the hell did that happen?  As a kid I was always told that life flies by when you get older; if that’s the case I don’t want to get any older, I don’t want my life to go past any faster!

I got a free book today.  Or so I thought.  I was just walking along the street and someone was giving out free books.  Nice.  Very short ones, but I presumed it was just a short story. But no, it was a couple of chapters from a novel.  I have two conflicting opinions on this:

Opinion number one: As a reader – horrible idea.  I’ll read it then want to buy it, so have to go out and spend money on a book.  Not good as I’m trying to pay for a holiday this month and already have 2 other on my ‘To Buy NOW’ list.  I know I will have to because it’s Adele Parks and I really enjoy her novels. 

Opinion number two:  As someone who will one day (I hope) try to sell novels – great idea.  I’ve always thought giving people part of your story is a great idea – for exactly the reason as number one above.  People will get interested in it and want to read more. 

Smashwords(an online ebook retailer) give authors the options to give the public the first x amount of a novel for free.  It worked for me when I read Brown Girls.  The 1st 20% was great so I had to buy the rest.  I just know this is going to happen from this Adele Parks one too.  I knew that before I started it, having read one of the chapters, I KNOW I will have to now.

I’ve always had a bit of a dream to have a novel written by me given away free in a magazine.  I’ve discovered a few authors that way and think it’s a brilliant idea.  It potentially gives the author a fan base.  Presuming that is that other people are like me and once they discover an author keep reading their books and look forward to new ones coming out. 

So much for quick blog so I can get back to ‘Holiday’!!

Goal complete and exceeded

One of my goals that is.  The goal for July that was to write 8,000 words.  I did a count up yesterday, and it seems I’ve already written over 9,000.  A big proportion is blogs on here, but writing is writing.  We won’t talk about my other goals.  Still time to catch up on them.  (No I don’t think I’ll meet them, but never mind). 

Can’t really think of anything else I want to write about.  even though there was something I was thinking of this morning, just can’t remember it now.  Damn. Doing an early shift today so no time to write later.  A little is better than none at all though. 🙂

Books into films

What is it at the moment with books being made into films?  As a rule I hate it, even though I feel compelled to watch them.  Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, much better book than film;Cecelia Ahern’s PS, I love you, amazing book, average film; Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, good film, better book.  The only exception I have is Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons.  I loved the book, but it took me MONTHS to get into it.  I loved the film.  I’ve not seen the Shopaholic film, but I doubt it will be as good as the film.

The reason for my little rant here is that last night I saw an advert for the film version of The Time Traveller’s wife.  I think I can say in all sincerity, it is the best book I’ve ever read.  Everything about it was amazing – Audrey Niffenegger’s writing made the characters totally come to life, her descriptions made you feel you were there, and symthatise with the characters totally.  I cried.  A lot.  Although it’s a totally unrealistic story, she tells it so well you get so into it and feel it is real (I did anyway).  I am gutted they’ve turned it into a film (I think I had heard it was going to be made into one, but didn’t think about the consequences).  I am so worried what they have done to it, but I know I’m going to have to go and see it (with waterproof mascara on).

Having said all this, it must be amazing to have someone say your novel has the potential to be made into a film.  When I get my book published, if someone wants to make it into a film, I’ll let them 🙂

I said WHEN there.  I was reading a writer’s blog and comments the other day (Laura, I hope you don’t mind me adding a link back to your blog here), where the author was telling her commenters that they should think positively; think WHEN not IF.  Positive Mental Attitude.  I’m trying it.  It feels a bit funny writing it down, like I’m being too up my own ****, but thinking like this is likely to push me on to succeed.  I’ll never publish anything if I don’t finish it – so I need to finish things.

I finished a short story last week and it felt so good when I did.  I can’t wait to finish more.  That means I need to knuckle down and do some writing.  And with that I’m off to do some.

Another book down

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve just been reading a book called ‘Light as a Feather’ by Helen Dunne.  I found the book in Camden market.  I very rarely let myself go to bookshops as I always walk away either much poorer, or with loads of books in my head I want to read but can’t afford.  But, it was my birthday so I let myself look (and my boyfriend was in spending mode so who I was I to stop it.  I’m very glad I got it.  It was the usual chick lit I’m so fat and need to loose weight kind of book.  Loved it. 

I thought it was going to go away from the usual ending, but it didn’t, and I wasn’t disappointed.  Someone (thanks CJ) commented on one of my last blogs about the predictable ending of chick lit books saying that we WANT the predictable ending.  I totally agree. When I was reading this book I started to really like the heroine.  When she lost lots of weight I was happy, and then when she got the guy I was also happy.  It’s like wanting a friend to be happy (just a made up friend!). 

I’ll definately be looking for other Helen Dunne books. 

It’s getting near the end of the month so I’m going to do a count up tonight of how many words I’ve written this month.  Hopefully I won’t be at my goal for this month, so that will inspire me to do some writing over the next couple of days.

The reason I’m not doing much at work at the moment is because I’m looking for another job.  A job that won’t end so late that by the time I get home in the evening and eat I won’t want to go straight to bed.  So I’m using my writing time to search for one and apply.  Obviously the market’s not that good, but at least I’m trying!

There is a little bit of me that thinks I’m mad – I have so much time to write while I’m at work that I really should stay in this job and write.  Especially as I’m doing this writing course.  BUT, the time I spend writing isn’t good time.  It’s interrupted time.  It’s noisy and I am frequently distracted.  Not good.

322 – the number of untitled blogs today

Damn.  Damn, Damn, Damn.  I’ve just worked out I’m not going to meet my goal number of blogs this month, unless I blog twice in one day and both days at the weekend.  Not going to happen.  Especially as I’m working the second job BOTH weekend days! Sigh.  Oh well, I’m still writing regularly and quite a lot so I’m happy.

I know I wrote the other day about my excitement about a new book that’s just come out by Sophie Kinsella.  I think I did anyway.  I really want it to come out in paperback before my holiday in September so I can take it and read it then.  Yesterday I found out that Jane Green has a new book coming out soon too.  I love Jane Green.  She’s in my top three favourite authors (Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes being the other two).  In fact I might go out on a limb and say she is my favourite author.  I read one of her books once that changed my life.  Not in a major way, but it made me realise something which led to something else.  So she does awesome chick lit, but I actually gained from it too.

I would love it if one day someone got excited (other than family and myself) that I was releasing a new book.  Imagine knowing someone was looking forward to reading something you wrote.  That’s my dream.

But it’s a long way away.  Short term I’ve made a decision about work that is going to screw up my writing time I have during the day.  But as I don’t seem to be doing too much at the moment it’s not too big a problem.  I just hope I’ll find time to keep blogging.

Haha, if someone had have told me six months ago I’d be a regular blogger, I would have laughed at them.  I knew pretty much nothing about blogs etc and would never have believed I’d start doing it too, let alone enjoy it.  And an avid reader of other people’s.  Funny how things happen.  Having this blog definitely inspires me to write, whether it be on here or actual creative writing. 

I wish something would inspire me to do some of my next assignment for my course.  I’m not really inspiring myself.  Maybe I need to choose another topic, maybe this one just isn’t interesting me enough and I could get on better if I choose something that will interest me more.  I need to do some brainstorming.  Sigh.